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How to create a “Word Cloud” using Wordle.net

Aim: Encourage students to work with vocabulary based on the words in the clouds.

 Wordle is a fun way of making “word clouds” from texts that the students provide. In a word cloud the words that are written the most frequently appear the biggest. Once students have made a word cloud they can play around with different fonts, colours and layouts and then print out to use in pairs, groups or the whole class. Word clouds are great for discussion, creative writing or simple study notes to name a few possible uses.

Steps:

1.     Search for Wordle.net online.

2.     Once on site, click on “Create”.

3.     Start typing words related to the given topic in the box. For example if a class is working on culture in the UK, students can write as many words they can think of connected to that theme.

4.     Once students have written as many words as they can think of they can decide on 3 words they think are the most important from their list and type them in several times (these words will appear bigger on the finished word cloud).

5.     Once finished, press “Go”   (Sometimes students are asked to install “Java”. They have to install this in order to start making their own word cloud).

6.     Now the word clouds are ready to print out, or share online in the Word Cloud Gallery.

 Follow up work:

The Word Clouds are now ready to be used. The teacher can hang them up in the classroom and hold a gallery viewing of the different clouds.

Teachers can use the word clouds for discussions based on the clouds produced.

Students can write a text using the words in the clouds.

TEACHER@EGowie

PS: Try copy-paste your CV or your favourite poem in Wordle, and see what happens.

Guess what document our word cloud is based on!

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